No more boxes! I mean it this time!

No Boxes

Yeah, so I ended up not being quite so “done” before.  The islands took a lot more work than I originally thought they would, mostly because I started changing em!  Wasn’t really happy with their distribution, so I started moving some around, resizing others, and just adding more, too.  While it did mean more work for me, I think the result is a big improvement.  There are a much greater number of really small islands now (it was kind of weird before, because there were a good number of really big islands, but few little ones, which isn’t really realistic), as well as a number of regions that didn’t have any islands attributed to them, but now have several.  Overall it just looks better and makes more sense.  But you’ll have to take my word for all that, at least for the time being; I recently discovered several errors on the map (it’s the same one I’ve posted before, made in CC3, just with alterations made).  Basically, I wasn’t paying enough attention, and several islands ended up being drawn with the wrong pen thickness in CC3.  It’s not something that will be hard to fix, exactly, but it will be tedious and kind of time-consuming.

So I’ll get to that, but I’m taking a bit of a break from going full steam on Valocea for now.  While it’s not going on “hiatus”, exactly, it’s just not going to be on the front-burner for a while.  Partly because I want to take a break from it, but partly because my projects have shifted again.  This is how I work: every now and then, like every few months or so, my mind shifts, and which of my creative projects is the most compelling, which one I have the easiest time generating ideas for, changes.  Right now, I’ve found myself drawn back into Altessa, which is the name of a big fantasy world (kind of Tolkien-esque, though only superficially; there are a lot of important ways in which it’s quite different from Middle Earth) I’ve been working on for years.  That’s at the forefront of my mind right now, so I’ll probably be working on that quite a bit for the foreseeable future, with Valocea receiving less attention.  However, partly because of its nature, Valocea never just completely goes away out of my head.  I’ll probably still be coming up with ideas and adding little things to it, but less so, and certainly I won’t have as much to say on it that’s worthy of an entire blog post as often.  That said, as soon as I fix the problems with the map, I’ll post it up.  Also, the figures I published before for the total land area of the country are no longer correct, since I’ve added more land area to the place.  When I get to fixing that map, I’ll also post some updated info.  And I might post some info on Altessa soon, too.  Cheers!

-Saito S


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